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The Need for Roots: Prelude to a Declaration of Duties Towards Mankind / Edition 2

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Overview

Hailed by Andre Gide as the patron saint of all outsiders, Simone Weil's short life was ample testimony to her beliefs. In 1942 she fled France along with her family, going firstly to America. She then moved back to
London in order to work with de Gaulle. Published posthumously The Need for Roots was a direct result of this collaboration. Its purpose was to help rebuild France after the war. In this, her most famous book, Weil reflects on the importance of religious and political social structures in the life of the individual. She wrote that one of the basic obligations we have as human beings is to not let another suffer from hunger.
Equally as important, however, is our duty towards our community: we may have declared various human rights, but we have overlooked the obligations and this has left us self-righteous and rootless. She could easily have been issuing a direct warning to us today, the citizens of Century 21.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415271028
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/9/2001
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 794,846
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Simone Weil (1909-1943). A political theorist and activist, a revolutionary and a philosopher and religious mystic. She starved herself to death in protest against the Nazi occupation of France.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Translator's Foreword
Pt. I The Needs of the Soul 1
Order 10
Liberty 12
Obedience 14
Responsibility 15
Equality 16
Hierarchism 19
Honour 19
Punishment 20
Freedom of Opinion 22
Security 32
Risk 33
Private Property 34
Collective Property 35
Truth 36
Pt. II Uprootedness 41
Uprootedness in the Towns 45
Uprootedness in the Countryside 78
Uprootedness and Nationhood 98
Pt. III The Growing of Roots 183
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2002

    In anticipation..

    Had heard of Simone W. years back, but only last few months have read, 'Waiting for God' and 'Anthology'(Sian Miles). Enobling and enriching, certainly nourishing. 'Need for Roots' next. Open to suggestions..

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